Both the Walsh men’s and women’s cross country teams will run Saturday a the NCAA Division II National Championship at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Ind.

The women, who are ranked No. 10 in the country, earned an automatic spot by placing third in the Midwest Regional Championship at Cedarville, Ohio.

Senior and former Wadsworth standout Sarah Berger once again led the Cavaliers by finishing first with a time of 21:19.3. Her closest competitor was more then six seconds behind her winning time.

Berger, who also was first at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship, was named Athlete of the Year in the G-MAC.

Sophomore Andra Lehotay and junior Brianna Coy (GlenOak) joined Berger as All-Region picks as they finished in the top 25. They helped Walsh reach the national championship for the first time.

On the men’s side, No. 19 Walsh earned a spot at the national event via invitation since only the top three teams at regionals advance and the Cavaliers were fourth. But the men had a solid resume by winning the G-MAC Championship. This was Walsh’s first team championship in any sport since joining Division II. The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 25 all season. Jacob Kernell (Lake) led Walsh at the regional event, placing third overall and earning All-Region honors with a time of 31:26.0. Kernell’s teammate at Walsh and Lake placed 45th overall with a time of 32:48.1.

It will be the second trip to the Division II nationals for the Walsh men.

Women’s basketball

Walsh University recently lost to No. 7 Drury on the road, but got a solid game from 6-foot-2 junior forward Shelby Henkel (GlenOak). With one of the best games of her career, Henkel finished with 13 points. She was 6-of-7 from the floor and also led her team in rebounds with six.


In Walsh’s season finale win over rival Malone on Saturday, sophomore defensive end Morgan Trust (Copley) was second on the team in tackles with eight, including a tackle for a loss. The eight tackles were a career high.


• Walsh junior setter Olivia Zanolli (Jackson) led the Cavaliers in assists with 30 during a regular-season finale win over Ursuline. Walsh (20-10, 13-5) had its first winning season since 2011. Up next is the G-MAC Tournament, in which the Cavaliers will play a quarter­final against Cedarville at 5 p.m. Thursday.

• Wooster senior Ksenia Blue (Medina) wrapped up her standout career with 990 kills, which is the eighth most in school history. During the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, Blue was named to the all-conference second team. She led her team with 337 kills and was fourth in digs with 290 this season.

— Curtis Duffield